Discover Sandakan’s history, food, and nature

The local cuisine is a blend of Chinese, Indonesian and Filipino cultures. Restaurant H90, tucked at the back of Pier 8 in the Sim Sim district, is perched on stilts and serves some of the town’s freshest seafood. The sizzling yellow mee with fresh tiger prawns is juicy, scrumptious, and unforgettable.

Sabah’s state capital, Kota Kinabalu, usually steals the show, but unsung hero Sandakan has much to root for. Destroyed during World War II, the remains of the old settlement cling to a hill overlooking a large, scythe-shaped bay. The reconstructed wooden home of Agnes Keith – the American-born writer who penned three books about her life here during the Japanese occupation – sits above the City Museum’s collection of Sandakan’s historical black and white photographs.